Wednesday, January 4, 2006

Broadcom Introduces Dual-Channel AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 Video Decoder Chip

Broadcom announced a new dual-channel AVC/VC-1/MPEG-2 video decoder system-on-a-chip (SoC) that enables cable, satellite and IP-network equipment manufacturers to develop high-performance media centers.

The new Broadcom chip integrates all of the required media center technology to securely access, store and share multiple types of digital media content, including HDTV programs, video-on-demand, Internet content, digital video, music and photos, and voice over IP services.

Key features include:

  • The latest generations of video compression technologies such as advanced video coding (AVC) (the ITU and ISO joint standard), VC-1 and MPEG-2

  • Dual audio and video HD channels that enable a single system to simultaneously deliver HD programs to multiple televisions in the home,
    and allow a user to watch an HDTV program while recording another, to
    record two HDTV programs at the same time or to display different programs on the television using picture-in-picture technology.

  • Concurrent multi-threaded MIPS CPU with IEEE754 FPU and 128KB second- level cache provides 875DMIPS capability enabling systems to support advanced applications with a fast response time, JAVA-based applications and 3D games.

  • Integrated PVR capability that enables the simultaneous recording of multiple channels, and then enables the user to store and play back the content throughout the home.

  • Advanced 2D and 3D graphics engine that provides visual content and enhances the user interface by providing improved program guides and navigation capabilities, as well as a user friendly consumer operating environment that is similar to personal computers.

  • Integrated content security processor that provides end-to-end security and digital rights management of media content. Cable TV downloadable conditional access system (DCAS) is supported to enable DCAS-based leased and retail "digital cable ready" set-top boxes. SVP security is included for content protection in the digitally connected home between the gateway and its attached clients.

  • Integrated peripheral interfaces, such as 10/100 Fast Ethernet and USB 2.0, to connect within the home to other digital appliances or to
    connect to an IP network via a DSL modem. Other networking connections, such as Wi-Fi, can be established through a PCI port that is secured by digital transmission copy protection (DTCP).

The chip is priced at $49.50 each in 10,000 piece quantities.

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